Step-By-Step Manual On Composing A Research Paper In The MLA Format

There are many different types of formats when it comes to papers. You may have to write in Chicago, APA, or MLA. MLA is often used in Social studies, Humanities, and English classes. It is the teacher’s call as to what format to use. If you have to compose a MLA piece, use this step-by-step manual.

Step-by-Step Manual

  1. Set your document to size 12 fonts. Use a plain font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  2. Your spacing should be double-spaced. There may be one or two places where it becomes single-spaced such as a block quote, but the majority of the piece is double-spaced.
  3. Set all margins, top, bottom, right and left to a one-inch mark.
  4. You may or may not have a title page. If you do it will be centered and located about half way down the page. It will be your title, name, and date unless otherwise specified by the teacher. If there is no title page, there will be a heading on page one. It is placed on the left before the thesis statement. It is four lines long and the lines are your name, the teacher name, subject name, and date. The date is written like: 10 October 2010.
  5. There will then be a heading on the right side of every subsequent page. It will look like this: Jones 2. It is your last name and the page number.
  6. You will have in-text citations. They will be in parentheses and have the author’s last name and the page number. It will look like this: (Roberts, 2).
  7. You will probably not need an abstractor or methodology page. These are usually in an APA paper, however, play it safe and ask the teacher about them.
  8. At the very end of the piece, you will either have a works cited or a bibliography page. Ask the teacher what he or she wants. A works cited is a listing of all the sources you used and a bibliography is a lit of all you looked at even if you did not use it. Ask the teacher if he or she wants it to be annotated. An annotation is a description of the source and how you used it. It is about 3-5 sentences long and not too lengthy.